Stellenbosch Vineyards

Stellenbosch Vineyards Bushvine Chenin Blanc Top 10 winner at Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Challenge

The Stellenbosch Vineyards Bushvine Chenin Blanc 2021 has been announced as a Top 10 winner at South Africa’s Chenin Blanc-focused wine competition, the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge.

Stellenbosch Vineyards has access to vineyards throughout Stellenbosch through 15 dedicated grape growers. These vast sourcing capabilities and long-term relationships grant the winemakers access to some of the best Chenin Blanc vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s most revered appellation. This Bushvine Chenin Blanc is produced from a selection of Bushvine blocks, each contributing to its classic style and character. One of the older Chenin Blanc blocks, planted in 1967, adds enticing structure and texture to this wine.

Winemaker, Bernard Claassen, has been producing wines at Stellenbosch Vineyards for almost two decades and is known for his consistent and hands-on winemaking approach. “Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most planted variety with some of the most admired wines coming from Stellenbosch, making this achievement an exceptional honour,” shares Bernard. This Chenin Blanc contains an oaked and unoaked component to ensure a balanced yet complex wine. The 2021 vintage boasts an aromatic nose with prominent notes of honey and spicy vanilla on the palate.

The Stellenbosch Vineyards winemaking team alongside their various growers have proven their ability to produce Chenin Blanc on a large scale, while maintaining excellent quality and a high standard. The Stellenbosch Vineyards Bushvine Chenin Blanc has grown exponentially over the last five years with 200 000 bottles sold in 2021, compared to only 370 in 2017, with the greatest volumes currently being sold in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Advini, owner of Stellenbosch Vineyards, is the biggest buyer of Chenin Blanc and Old Vine Chenin Blanc in Stellenbosch. This top 10 recognition continues to add to the excellence of the Chenin Blanc within the Advini South Africa portfolio.

About Stellenbosch Vineyards

Stellenbosch Vineyards is the smart solutions and innovation hub of Advini South Africa, based on the historic Welmoed Farm on the slopes of the Vlaeberg mountains in Stellenbosch. With access to vineyards throughout Stellenbosch from 15 dedicated growers, this winery is also the house of brands for global commercial wine brands, including Welmoed and Arniston Bay, as well as specialised, single vineyard and niche crafted wines.

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